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Harry's Heroes: The Full English

  • Episode:

    1 of 2

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 18 Mar 2019

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 12 2019 : Sat 16 Mar - Fri 22 Mar

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  • Published:

    Wed 06 Mar 2019

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Series overview


“I think they'd win the Premier League this group, a forward line of Waddle, Le Tissier, Fowler and Merson. I mean what would Man United or anyone else give you for that forward line today?” - Harry Redknapp


“I’ve let myself go and know I have to do something about it because I know I’m unfit and have put weight on, I’ve decided to do it…. I will do it.” John Barnes


In this brand new two-part special, Harry Redknapp takes on the weightiest challenge of his career.  Can he get a team of unfit England football legends from the 1990s back in shape, back into the Three Lions shirts they wore with pride back in their heyday and back on the pitch ready to take on their old rivals Germany in one last grudge match to prove they can still cut it in middle age?


Alongside Harry and assistant, Liverpool legend John Barnes is a who’s who of England international  icons including; David Seaman, Robbie Fowler, Paul Merson, Matt Le Tissier, Chris Waddle, Rob Lee, Ray Parlour, Lee Sharpe, Mark Chamberlain, Mark Wright, and Razor Ruddock.  


The team of legends made their names in an era when a few pints, a big fry up and kebabs were all part of their normal working week, and their habits have continued long after they hung up their boots. Harry yanks these XL lads out of their very comfortable comfort zone and forces them to face the reality of the damage being done to their health before plunging them into a new training and healthy eating regime akin to that of present day professional footballers.


Back together again, the memories, mickey-taking and mischief lead to a raucous atmosphere among the group, but, can Harry and John motivate them to resist temptation, get into shape, lose weight, fit into their old kits and put on a final winning performance against their old rivals, the Germans?


Episode 1


In the first episode of this two-parter, the lads are presented with an early test – a surprise game against a schoolboy side shocks the squad into realising they are completely out-of-shape. Intense training and dieting starts. 


Razor Ruddock is struggling and falls off the wagon on a family cruise. Meanwhile John Barnes decides the team need a bonding session so takes them off to record their version of World In Motion. Finally, an injury-ravaged squad play Crystal Palace Ladies - things start to look up but they’ve still got a long way to go.